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Before You Get Started


So you want to brew some kombucha do you?  Well I am here to show you how easy it is to make your own kombucha!

If you missed my post on What Is Kombucha & Why It Is So Healthy For You, be sure to head on over and check it out!

Here is the full list of post in this kombucha series:

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  1. What is kombucha and why it is so good for you. {Part 1}
  2. Learn how to brew kombucha with an easy step by step tutorial. {Part 2}
  3. What to do with kombucha after it is done brewing & how to bottle kombucha. {Part 3}
  4. How To Make “Soda” Kombucha And A collection of kombucha recipes. {Part 4}

Brewing Your Own Saves You $$$$


Have you checked out the price of kombucha at the grocery store lately?  The other day I bought a 16 oz bottle of organic kombucha and it was $4.00 a bottle!  Wow, now that price certainly will break the bank sooner than later.

Brewing your own really is quite affordable.

You will need to invest in a few things to get started, but once you do that,  a 16oz bottle of home brewed kombucha will cost you very little.

Here Is What You Will Need


Here is a list of items that you will need to get started.


Okay now that we have all the basics covered let’s move on and learn how to brew kombucha in this easy step by step tutorial!

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Brewing The Tea


In a 4 quart saucepan, bring 3 quarts (12 cups) of water to a boil.  Stir in 1 cup of organic cane sugar and stir with a wooden spoon until well dissolved.

Pull off burner and add 4 tea bags of organic black tea.  You need to use black tea because the tannins help with the fermentation.  You can also add 2 bags of green tea or flavored green tea to your tea.  I added in addition to the 4 tea bags two bags of black cherry green tea.

Feel free to experiment with different teas to find a blend that you like.  I have also seen many use 2 tea bags of black tea and 2 tea bags of green tea of choice.

Don’t Worry About The Sugar…


***NOTE ~ if you are worried about the sugar and caffeine, don’t.  Both of these will be used up in the fermentation process leaving you with very little (if any) caffeine or sugar in your final product.

Once you add your tea to the sugar water, allow your tea to steep until the water completely cools.  I allowed mine to steep for a little over two hours.  Remove tea bags when tea has cooled.

Do NOT leave overnight.  This can cause the scoby to become moldy in the fermentation process, so it is best to cool to room temperature for 2-3 hours.  Just be sure that the tea is completely cool or at the very least at body temperature (96ºF).

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Add Tea To Clean Mason Jar or Glass Bowl


Add your tea to your glass mason jar or glass bowl.  I used a funnel for mine and it worked out great!  Just make sure that your bowl or jar is completely clean.

Note:  Do not use soap!  The soaps can kill your bacteria in your kombucha culture.  Sterilize with hot water and/or white vinegar. 

If you purchased a starter kit, your starter will look something like this. Note that there is a scoby and 1 cup starter liquid (which is 1 cup of the last full brew).

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Storing Your Scoby


It is best to store all your future scobies in glass jars or bowls with starter liquid in them.  Avoid using plastic.  The scoby above was just shipped to me, and this was just fine for shipping.

You will store future scobies at room temperature covered with a coffee filter or towel.  I will go into this further in the next post in this series.

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A Look At The Scoby


Here is what a scoby looks like.  It kind of reminds me of a jellyfish.

It is very important that your hands are clean when handling the scoby!

Again, do NOT use soap to wash your hands!  You can use hot water and white vinegar to clean your hands. This is a living item and it needs to be handled with care!

Now add your scoby and starter to the tea and stir with a wooden spoon. The scoby might sink or float, either way it is fine…it is completely normal.

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 Cover the Tea Mixture


After you add the starter and the scoby to the tea, you need to cover it with a 100% cotton white towel or with a brown coffee filter.

I used a brown coffee filter as shown below.

Take a rubber band and place it around the circumference of the jar to hold the filter in place.

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Where to Store Your Kombucha


Leave your kombucha in a warm dry place that is out of direct sunlight.  You do not want it in a closet. Remember, it is a living thing and needs air and beneficial bacteria to ferment properly.

Do not leave it in your kitchen!  There are a lot of food particles, fruit flies (if you have a bowl of fruit on the counter like I always do) and a lot of other particles flying in the air.

I put mine in the formal dining room which is perfect because it is a room we do not use often.

Now Wait…


Allow to sit for 7-31 days.  I would check it after 10 days to see if it is to your liking.  The longer the brew the less sugar that will be left however keep in mind that the longer the brew, the more it will resemble a vinegar taste.

Also, keep in mind that the warmer the climate the faster the brew and the cooler the climate the slower the brew!  You need an area that is at least 70ºF.

Tasting Your Kombucha


Taste your brew after 7-10 days to see if it is to your liking.

  • Do this by placing a straw half way into the kombucha.
  • Place your finger on top of the straw to block the hole and remove the straw from kombucha to collect a sample.
  • Now place the other end (opened end) in your mouth, release your finger on the other end and taste the kombucha.

Do not place your straw in the kombucha and drink right from container, you will contaminate your culture.

If your kombucha is too sweet, allow it to brew another day or two.  If it tastes like vinegar, you might need to brew it less the next time.

Stay tuned for the next installment of my kombucha series.  Here I will show you what your kombucha will look like after the brew and what steps to take to continue brewing.


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42 thoughts on “Learn How To Brew Kombucha With This Easy Step By Step Tutorial {Part 2}”

  1. Amy says:

    I can’t wait to make my first batch of kombucha! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  2. Nora says:

    I would love to learn how to make this and implement it in our lives.

  3. SherryGibbsAtanasoff says:

    I tried making my first batch of kombucha & it got mold on the top.  So frustrating!  I would love to try again!!!

  4. Jennifer says:

    You make it sound so easy, I can hardly wait to try this myself!

  5. Christine says:

    Thank you for this giveaway. It would be so much fun to win it!

  6. JamiMcCullough says:

    Would love to win this!!

  7. LynetteForbis says:

    I’ve always wanted to try kombucha but didn’t really know how.  This is a great tutorial!

  8. sebbiedue1 says:

    I’ve never made it. Never made any ferments… Always wanted to try and this one looks easy enough following your steps. A kit would make it even easier! Thanks for the chance. :)

  9. MarcieKochSpivey says:

    I don’t know much about kombucha, but I would like to learn!

  10. awritermom says:

    I have been trying to find a SCOBY for a few months now.  I don’t want to pay a whole bunch because I don’t know if we willlike the stuff or if I will succeed in brewing it.  Want to try it for the benefits, though.

  11. awritermom says:

    I have been trying to find a SCOBY for a few months now.  I don’t want to pay a whole bunch because I don’t know if we will like the stuff or if I will succeed in brewing it.  Want to try it for the benefits, though.

  12. Alyssa C says:

    I’ve been wanting to make my own Kombucha! Thanks so much for the how-to… and the great give-away!

  13. rejoyful says:

    Can’t wait to try this….would love to win!!  Thanks for sharing.

  14. anne says:

    my friend swears by the health benefits of kombucha.  It would be fun to try making my own.

  15. LeahPritchardHendershot says:

    I desperately want to get started making kombucha! This would be a blessing!

  16. andraya3 says:

    This post was so timely…as I just decided the a night or two ago that we are going to give kombucha a try!!!

  17. Amanda Pierce says:

    I have heard a ton about this but haven’t taken the step to try it. I would love this starter kit! Thanks for all of the great info!

  18. BobbyeAnnWendt says:

    ABSOLUTLY love to get started making kombucha , need the scoby to get started thanks .

  19. Brian Dao says:

    It was just three days ago that i drank this slightly alcoholic and fruity tasting drink.

  20. Raj M says:

    Great info…can’t wait to start this experiment!!

  21. Lorri E says:

    Can I use Sucanot for the sugar?

    1. hallecottis says:

      @Lorri E Yes you can use sucanat.

      1. Lorri E says:

        @hallecottis Thanks! I am brewing some right now. Can’t wait.

  22. sanielj says:

    my boss drinks a raw version everyday. maybe i will give it a try. thanks

  23. Reba J says:

    I love Kombucha! I drink a least one a day.  Excited to give your instructions a try and start brewing my own.

  24. wineluv5150 says:

    I keep forgetting how much I like Kombucha!  I really need to get some brewing!

  25. JessicaSmiddyReagan says:

    I can’t wait to start brewing my own!!

  26. Adrienne Whole New Mom says:

    Why does non organic tea have fluoride in it?

    1. hallecottis says:

      Adrienne Whole New Mom Good question.  The concern comes up that ALL tea has fluoride in it and it is unclear where the source of fluoride comes from.  Organic tea is thought to have less fluoride, but this has only been discovered from a small team that did a study for the WAPF.  (
      Some believe fluoride in tea could come from:pollution, certain fertilizers and pesticides  others believe that it comes right from the tea plant itselfor is the water source where the fluoride comes from?  
      This is known though…that older, lower quality tea contains more fluoride then younger tea leaves.

  27. anj says:

    Why no coloured glass for Kombucha?

  28. Heidi says:

    Do you worry at all about caffeine or alcohol in kombucha?

  29. chaya bell-gumaer says:

    So if you use loose leaf tea how much should you use? 4 bags=about 2 Tablespoons?
    You can grow you own Scoby by buying an unflavored Kombucha and letting it ferment with some sugary tea. I have tried it, and it works. Once you have one scoby they continue to multiple, and you will have more than you know what to do with, so you can share them with others!

  30. Becky says:

    You really should explain why not to use colored glass. With brews it is usually suggested that you store them in colored glass so that it remains unchanged by UV.

    Also, this is an important read for anyone brewing Kombucha:

  31. Jen Spicuzza says:

    Why do you NOT use colored glass? I was told to buy colored glass for the flavored kambucha because it needs to be out of the light… for my actual 10 day batch I am using a clear glass…

  32. Brenda says:

    I have recently started drinking Kombuchi that I purchase at a health food store. Would like to start brewing my own. Thanks for the tutorial and post.

  33. Just bought a bottle to drink from the health co op store. Lke it…

  34. Just bought some from a health store to drink, taste good..

  35. Christine says:

    I would love to start making my own Kombucha. It would be much cheaper than buying it already made. I have one question though. Do you have to use black and green organic tea only or can you use other kinds of organic tea as well?

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      You need black tea for your kombucha but you certainly can change out the green tea with an organic flavored tea of your choice.

  36. Sarah says:

    Ok so I was thinking of doing Earl grey for the black tea and then chamomile instead of the green tea. What do you think about that? would the earl grey be gross and does the second tea have to have caffeine in it?

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      You want to keep the black tea, and I think Earl Grey has oil in their tea…you want to stay away from teas that have any kind of oils in them. But the chamomile sounds delicious!

      1. Sarah says:

        Ok. thanks Halle.

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